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gilbert baker award recipient, gilbert baker himself. he is the creator of the international symbol, the rainbow flag. [applause] individual community grand marshals rebecca, gary -- i do not know if he is here today because he has a very busy day. he hosts the pride run that is gone on in about 30 minutes. -- that is going on in about 30 minutes. and we are thrilled to once again have the san francisco lesbian and gay bad, the official bant -- band, the
official band of pride week. [applause] we have the board chair, lisa williams as well as the executive director. [applause] the sisters of perpetual indulgence skerrit -- of perpetual indulgence, the castro alliance club, thankyou all. [applause] thanks to danny for the website and d.j. josh, one of the community grand marshals. [applause]
and i would like to thank all of you for your help, especially my sister colleen and my partner, jose. [applause] and my mother. everyone is so lucky to have you. we start off the program each year with a reminder of what the pink triangle is about. to tell the history of the pink triangle, please welcome the star of greece. -- of grease. [applause] >> good morning writ -- good morning. this is too much to take in this early. you guys are amazing.
the history of the pink triangle. the pink triangle was used by nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals. this symbol, which was used in an attempt to label and shame, has been embraced by the gay community as a symbol of pride. [applause] that is right. however, in the 1930's and 1940's, there was nothing to celebrate. gays were forced to wear the pink triangle on their pockets in the concentration camps. to identify them as homosexuals, to set them apart from the other prisoners. triangles of various colors were used to identify each category of undesirable. yellow for the jewish, brown for gypsies, red for political
prisoners, green for prisoners, black for anti-socialist, purple for jehovah's witness, blue for immigrants, and tank for homosexuals. the pink triangles were slightly larger than the other triangle'' so that the guards could identify them from a distance. it is said that those who wore the pink triangles were singled out by the guards to receive harsher treatment and when the guards were finished with them, some of the other inmates would harm them as well. at the end of the war, when the concentration camps were finally liberated, virtually all of the prisoners were released except for those with the pink triangle. many of those with pink triangles on their pockets were put back into prison and the nightmare continued. it is the same kind of senseless, irrational hatred
that still haunts days, jews, blacks, and other minorities today. the taliban in afghanistan required non-muslims to wear identifying badges on their clothing, just as the nazis required their undesirables to wear those logos so long ago. history repeats itself. that is why 26 -- excuse me, that is why the twin peaks this play is so important. -- display is so important. we have to help educate others and present -- and prevent it from happening again. what happened during the holocaust must never be repeated. [applause]
>> to illustrate that that same kind of it hatred -- same kind of hatred exists, we would like to welcome mr. christopher to talk about his efforts in uganda, where they try to have legislation to execute days. [applause] -- execute gays. >> what has been happening in you gonjeh. -- in uganda, in the old days of the yemen persecution of the homosexuals.
homosexuality in uganda can be punished by death, hanging. and imprisonment for life. and for those who have called for homosexuality, they will be in prison for a number of years. and a woman cannot be a homosexual or else she will be punished. it will be very difficult -- the execution of the people in
uganda. we thought that this bill had been forgotten or thrown out. but the support that we heard from all over the world since 2009. it has been revived. some of the leaders are behind the revival of the bill. i am really worried what is going to happen. if it is passed, those things could take place in this modern world it. i wonder how this could be possible? i do.
it is my hope to resist and oppose this prejudice. this is a time of love for all. [applause] i have been hearing from the speech of the different -- it goes to show we need your freedom. so that people are not discriminated because of what they are. homosexuals or lgbt people are also created by god and they should be respected. [applause]
in you gotta -- in uganda, we hope that we will be able to think again. all people are created by god and should be respected. we need love for all without discrimination. [applause] >> congresswoman and democratic leader nancy pelosi has a long history of being one of the very best friends of the lgbt community. she is an ideal representation of san francisco values. when he spoke at the pink
triangle a number of years ago, she just announced she was running for minority whip of the house. it was a pleasure to introduce her as the next minority whip as well as a future speaker of the house. we are hoping that comes true again. [applause] please welcome our very own congresswoman, nancy pelosi. [applause] >> good morning. thank you very much for your kind words and great leadership, bring us all together time and time again. as you were making the introductions earlier, all of the elected officials, the community leaders who are here, and the list goes on, i was recalling one time i was in
liberia and we were dedicating a library to my colleague. when we were there, everybody in liberia was there. they listed all of these people. there may have been 12, 13, 14 speakers. everybody listed the names of those who had been named, what an honor it was to be your. -- t -- to be here. it was boiling hot writ it was warmer and warmer and one speaker got up and got the biggest applause all when he said, "to all of the honored guests who are here, honor is granted." that does not mean i am not for early delighted to be here with everyone.
it is always an honor to be here with the mayor. i cannot acknowledge how honored we are. that mayor lee and all the leadership he brings with him is with us to mark -- is with us this morning curvet willie brown started it with his legislation way back when. gilbert baker, you decorated many of our homes with your rainbow flags. and again, this of, welcome. we are like family to each other. i said, this is not about tolerance. it is about respect, taking pride. that is what this weekend is about. [applause]
as was mentioned so well, the history of this, it was a symbol of discrimination. it is now a source of pride. i want to take a moment to say to the bishop that i had the occasion to meet with the speaker of the parliament of uganda. a woman. she came to my office and we had a foreign policy cooperation. we give them aid. we talk about that. i think she was coming to talk about that. but i was coming to the meeting to talk about the legislation in you gotta. -- in uganda. i told her that was such a deal breaker for us that a country would even consider this legislation. she said that this is not what you think it is.
it is just about protecting children. that is what she said. but i made it clear that that may be the public face they want us to put that in -- to put on it in the united states, but we are following it very closely. the willingness for us to do more in terms of cooperation really rested on that, what happened with all that. you have done good work in trying to address the aids crisis and that is one of the reasons we are cooperating. but to say that we respect a country to the extent that it respects its own people and this is a very important measure of that respect for us to it i am not sure she expected the
speaker of the house to have the top priority in the conversation. so i accept your kind words on behalf of our house democratic caucus. to pass a fully inclusive hate crimes legislation. what we can do is just take off the transgender part. i said, let's just do that. there are the most discriminant against people. mr. mayor, thank you. for associating yourself with the aspirations of the transgender area and we were so excited to have the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. [applause] to make short that military
families get the same opportunities as other military families do. and when our servicemen and women might have been discharged under less than ideal circumstances, that the record is set straight for them. if they want to be reconditioned, it is done with all the respect they deserve. they have more work to do in terms of the implementation of it. we have got to win to do that. aren't we proud of our president? [applause] marriage be quality. -- marriage equality. all of the years we have been seeking it, wasn't it an emotional experience?
the president of the united states, in such a beautiful way, explaining -- [applause] people told me that the naacp coming out for it almost had a bigger impact, but they are not politicians. we have a lot to be proud of. so much of it started here. i will give them credit in new york -- [applause] but we are also very proud of the work that was done here. members of congress from this area have taken the lead on funding the research on aids. from day one, we had an international mobilization against aids parade, a vigil in san francisco right from the start. there was a recognition.
in order to deal with it appropriately at home, we had to deal with it globally. you're seeing global equality, whether it is hiv, aids, or marriage the quality. -- marriage equality. i am very pleased to be here with you. you thought maybe i would have brief remarks. i did have a full speech and i will not read it if you promise to read it on the internet. this is really such a source of pride to all of us. what a son you have. y('t you proud? [applause] thank you all very much. in two weeks, i will be going to massachusetts to attend the wedding of the first member of
congress to be married in a same-sex wedding ceremony. the marriage of barney frank. i am going to tell them about all of you. [applause] he will make history when he does that. a lot of love up here. [applause] he will make history when he gets married to jimmy. when he makes that history, we will all be making progress. as i said to him in new york when we had an engagement party for him, all of this, all of the statement about the pink triangle, all of the statement about the gay pride parades, all of the fight and discrimination
we have in the workplace and hate crimes, thank you for doing what is so patriotic. in doing so, we honor the bows of our founders and we make america more american. thank you all. [applause] >> our lifetime achievement grand marshal is going to take over my duties and introduce all of the other elected officials. i would like to remark that as an architect it was a great honor to be the team liaison to
the joint venture that renovated city hall. worked directly with willie brown to achieve presentations. in our first meeting, you came in and said, do what is right for the building and i will take care of the money and the politics. and you certainly held true to your word. the building is beautiful because we made sure that we did the right thing. [applause] >> how about the pink suede jacket? [laughter] [applause] >> it is a great honor for me to be part of what is always an incredible san francisco's celebration. tomorrow, in particular, will be a great day.
i do not know yet. but it will be charged to the reconstruction of the building. [laughter] it is my great honor and pleasure to let you know that when we finish, in just a few minutes, all of the dialogue behind us, champagne bottles, very important people who are up here, i suppose you might say gives birth in life to the incredible thing triangle which is on the side of this particular hill that has been put here by some incredible volunteers. before that, we have got to hear from a couple of people.
we're going to start with the boss of our city, the man who runs the city day in and day out. it is my hope he will run the city for as long as he wishes. mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you, mayor brown, leader nancy pelosi. quickly, if i could invoke nancy pelosi's story? honros granted? [laughter] i will make it quick. i am not really a big speechmaker. but i do want to say something from the heart as i was listening to all of the previous remarks and how important it is to teach and use these moments to teach other generations. what we have to do two and intolerance. i am proud of the city for so
many reasons for it time and time again, i have gone to the u.s. conference of mayors and talk to them about our city being the innovation capital of the world. what i realize and what i have discussed more and more with them is that you cannot have the best mind, the best talent of any city unless you unleased everybody in the city to participate. that means we have to work even harder to and intolerance not only in our city but all around our country very it i know that is the really big secret. you cannot be innovation capital of the world unless the gay community, the asian community, the african-american community, the transgender community, all participate at their utmost level. that is how we become the best city. [applause] all of us are probably walking with all of you.
we will be looking up to the twin peaks and seeing the bright colors identifying this mark, remembering what it means, educating other generations. i have to admit, when i looked down on this hill, i also got other memories. we had to get the goats up here. i am still seeing these dotes on the hillside. where are they? [laughter] patrick, thank you again for all of the effort to clean this up. you see these busloads of visitors who are wondering what it is and they get educated on the meaning of our city. the other thing i want to say -- nancy pelosi has been such a wonderful leader triet -- leader.
it has been through her efforts, following her, when the federal government was unable to provide the funds to have enough money for hiv, the state, all of her efforts, the budget was not there. we had a little bit of luck in san francisco. we followed their leadership and we made those cuts with the wonderful relationship of the mayor's office working with all of the members of the board of supervisors. that is how we work together. we do not use an excuse. it is all of our responsibility to make sure that these programs are fully-funded, that they reflect our care and concern. with that, thank you very much for all of your leadership.
[applause] >> senator mark leno. [applause] >> captured, thank you for bringing us all together once again. it is such an honor to have our leader here along with the mayor, former mayor, now lifetime achievement award winner, all of the marshalls, our entire elected family, bishop. i want to thank riat -- rita for being with us. [applause] i have taken on the role of recounting how the nazis did what they did. i'm going to do it in a very abbreviated fashion this year.
they broke laws. they change the laws so they could continue to be able to discredit, dishonor, and finally attempt to eliminate an entire population, first making it illegal for jews to own property, businesses, for jews to marry people that they love. all of these provisions. i want to recount how we have been making progress in the opposite direction area just 40 years ago, 1972, the american psychiatric association, finally removed from this list of mental illnesses, homosexuality. that was an enormous game changer. once that was done, leaders like willie brown could reverse state law, which at that time, would have been a felony for a consensual adult of the same gender to have relations.